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ZERO FARE Demonstration Speech

Good Afternoon. My name is Nelly Medina. I am the Central Mass regional organizer for Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and a Member of Neighbor 2 Neighbor. I am also a Mom and student who rode the bus to and from college with my young son. Why are we here today? We are here today because the WTRA is not in communion with those of us who rely on the service that they provide. Since before the pandemic, local organizers have advocated for better access and ZERO Fare rides for the cities residents. Our city buses must be more affordable. Public [...]

By |2021-05-20T17:09:50+00:00May 20, 2021|Transportation Legislation, Zero Fare|Comments Off on ZERO FARE Demonstration Speech

Wheelchairs and Buses…

I recently took a ride on the buses with Monque Girard, a wheelchair user with an encyclopedic knowledge of the inconveniences, discomforts, and perils of the bus stops of the WRTA. I'll give you an example, in her own words: "Saturday, I was on Shrewsbury Street and my battery was running low. I tried to take a bus home. Even though many of the bus stops on Shrewsbury Street are accessible, if there are drivers parking their cars in a way that prevents the bus from reaching the curb, it is impossible for me to board the bus. While I [...]

By |2021-04-25T01:55:15+00:00April 25, 2021|Bus Stops, Paratransit, Wheelchair|Comments Off on Wheelchairs and Buses…

Regional Transit Plan/CSA

The 2020 Comprehensive Regional Transit Plan (CRTP) update process for WRTA builds on the work of the 2015 Regional Transit Plan/CSA Final Report. The 2020 update, funded by MassDOT and conducted by AECOM, was recommended by the Task Force on Regional Transit Authority Performance and Funding. Released in March 2021, the goals of the CRTP update are to: Provide WRTA overview Identify essential markets, gaps in service, and ridership growth opportunities amidst COVID-19 impacts Evaluate performance indicators and assess performance management Provide recommendations for a strategic 5-year vision WRTA Comprehensive Regional Transit Plan Update 2020 WRTA_CRTPU_MASTER_02232021_508

By |2021-03-20T21:19:46+00:00March 20, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Regional Transit Plan/CSA

More About Bus Stops

I'd like to talk a little more about bus stops.. While it is the WRTA that is responsible for the buses, that responsibility generally ends at the curb. When you are waiting for a bus, you stand on real estate owned either by the City, or a corporation that owns a shopping plaza. The road that the bus travels on is controlled either by the City or the State. The City is responsible for the maintenance of  its own streets, but in many cases these streets are designed by MassDOT, which is fixated on getting more cars to move more [...]

By |2021-03-13T22:40:10+00:00March 13, 2021|Bus Stops|Comments Off on More About Bus Stops

An Act creating a New Deal for Transportation in the Commonwealth

DOWNLOAD FULL BILL HERE FEB. 24, 2021.....A three-step, 12-cent gas tax increase, fare-free MBTA and regional transit authority buses, new surcharges on parking space rentals and purchases, higher ride-hailing fees and more all featured in a new overhaul bill proposed by the Massachusetts Senate's point person on transportation. Transportation Committee Co-chair Sen. Joseph Boncore filed his omnibus proposal on Friday, igniting debate on how to relieve the returning dread of traffic, upgrade unreliable public transit infrastructure, and pay for a range of investments after his branch scuttled a House-approved set of transportation taxes and fees last year. The 49-page bill [...]

By |2021-03-05T02:12:55+00:00March 5, 2021|Transportation Legislation, Zero Fare|Comments Off on An Act creating a New Deal for Transportation in the Commonwealth

The Zero Fare Project

Last week we had a meeting of the RAC, the first formal get together for half a year. The Zero Fare project has been  everyone's main policy objective for well over a year, and its success has sustained ridership levels to a remarkable extent. Our focus has been there.   While our system is now running fare free until July, riders have other concerns as well.  I still ride the buses most days, and the overwhelming complaint of riders that I have  talked to this winter is the same as ever: The curb is used as a dumping ground for all the [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:05:24+00:00February 25, 2021|Zero Fare|Comments Off on The Zero Fare Project

Zero Fare Buses and the Green Worcester Plan

1/25/2021 Dear Members of the Worcester City Council, On behalf of Mass Audubon, we would like to resubmit our letter addressed to the City of Worcester and the authors of the Green Worcester Plan containing our support and suggestions for future drafts of the Green Worcester Plan. We are very pleased to see this plan moving forward and wish to note that a fare free approach for the regional bus system is one of the recommended policies in the Green Worcester Plan. Consequently, we would also like to announce our support for a Fare-Free WRTA. The Worcester Chamber of Commerce [...]

By |2021-01-29T02:14:56+00:00January 30, 2021|Green Worcester, Zero Fare|Comments Off on Zero Fare Buses and the Green Worcester Plan

Paratransit, Taxis, & Worcester

Dear Members of the Public Service & Transportation & Committee: The purpose of this email is to inform you about the need for wheelchair accessible on-demand public transportation in Worcester and to update you on our activities to address this. We are working to gain support from community leaders and spread awareness about accessible on-demand public transportation initiative we feel would improve the quality of life for Worcester residents with disabilities and create more transportation options/equitable transportation In 2019, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) provided over 1 million trips in Worcester, currently, there are zero wheelchair accessible TNC vehicles.  Worcester currently [...]

By |2021-01-29T02:13:15+00:00January 29, 2021|Paratransit|Comments Off on Paratransit, Taxis, & Worcester

Riding with the RAC

Our public transit system has been steadily losing ridership for many years. None of the authorities in charge of the system have been able to change this fact. Complaints and petitions from riders and advocates have had little effect. Therefore, we the riders must build our own network of influence in order to save our buses. Right now, all policy decisions concerning public transit are made from the top down. We will be building from the bottom up. We can do this by joining together and identifying problems and solutions from the viewpoint of the everyday riders. We will [...]

By |2021-01-21T01:53:05+00:00January 19, 2021|Welcome|0 Comments
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